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Now if we could only have good old "mike" back to let us know about the great deals on guitars like the Takamine EAN 40 we all bought with the case for a closeout from MF for $300.00

 

I agree! I miss old Mike as well. He was a wealth of knowledge.

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On 2/19/2019 at 3:05 AM, moopapa said:

I am an expectant father, supper happy...

Welcome and congratulations!!! Being a Dad ROCKS. They grow so fast, so enjoy every moment you can with the little dude/dudette!

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@CliffMcCartney, I'm glad Barb and Mandy welcomed you.  Usually one of us from the mod pool do as well and I'm not sure how you snuck in with us not seeing you.  Welcome!  And yes, there are a lot of us that tried a little with guitar during the career years but then picked it up more seriously in retirement

Please keep us posted on your progress.  And anytime you have a question, or just frustrated,  post here.  There are a lot of us here that want to help.

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On 2/9/2019 at 8:47 PM, CliffMcCartney said:

My name is Cliff McCartney. I was born and raised in Atlanta, GA, but now I live in the Great Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee. I serve as an administrator at a small private Christian university as the Vice-President for Administration. I grew up playing just about every brass instrument there is from 3rd grade and into high school. I've tried to pick up the guitar a number of times over the years, but I haven't ever broken through.

I had a very busy and hectic career in software development from my 20s until my mid 50s. I simply didn't have enough discretionary time to get serious about music. I'm getting close to retirement now and I want to learn the guitar and learn it well. I've spent the last 18 months or so sort of groping for a program that will work for me. I've tried a couple of the big online sites, but I just haven't been able to get any traction. I'm drawn to the L&M Guitar course because of Steve and because of the curriculum. I like the plan and the support.

I got the L&M lessons and bonus materials about a month ago. I'm almost done with session 3.

I have a Taylor 314ce LTD cedar over rosewood acoustic and an Epiphone ES-335 semi-hollow electric. I use both when studying the L&M material, but I mostly play the Taylor.

I also have a Jasmine S34C NEX I keep at the office for when I need some six-string stress relief.

Looking forward to learning from and with y'all.

 

Welcome to the Guitar Gathering Forum Cliff. I made the Commitment to Learn to Play Guitar at 53 and Luckily Found Steve & The Group with the Learn & Master Guitar Course.  I received my Course just Before Christmas 2013 and began My Journey. The way it is Presented my Learning Experience has felt quite Natural, I didn't say Easy. I spent quite a bit of time up thru Completion of Session 4 and in Session 4 I Purchased the Hal Leonard "Easy Guitar Song Book". While in Session 4 I was able to Relatively Master Several of the Songs from the Song Book, I can't express How Great that made me Feel, But I was Sure of One Thing....I had actually Acquired Usable Skills from the Learn & Master Guitar Course. Shortly after all of that I suffered some Health Issues and had to Stop my Progress but have recently Picked my Guitar Course back up and while a little Rusty, I rapidly was able to return Nearly to the place I left off. Here is My Advice as a Novice Student:

Take Your Time and Relax. There is NO TIME FRAME for Progression. When YOU are Ready to Advance to the Next Session, Do SO and NOT Until You are Sure You are Ready to Advance. Download the Bonus Workshop Handbook and have it Printed and Bound at the Office Supply. Make sure you Complete Each Session in the Basic Course Manual AND The Bonus Workshop Manual before Advancing to the Next Session. You don't have to Perfect each Session but try to be Very Comfortable with the Material and Exercises. Simple Songs get Boring Quickly but I Assure You , It is In Your Best Interest to Master them, it will Help You in Later Sessions.

If something Troubles You, Come Here to the Forum and ASK or Explain the Issue You are having Difficulty with. It doesn't Cost a Penny and you will find Many Senior Students Jump In to Help You until you Resolve your Issue and Cheering You ON to Success. Nobody has a Course Combined with a Group of Students More Willing to Help Fellow Students than This One....but I Bet you Realize that by now. I wish You Luck and Hope You keep us Posted on Your Progress or issues and Become a Part of the Guitar Gathering Family for many years to come. If you Really Want to Master your Guitar....THIS IS THE PLACE. I Wish You Well and Cheer for Your Success. 

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Hi, my name is Phil. I've posted a few times, but hadn't seen this section. I figure that more time on forum means less time playing. I can't afford that right now! :-) I've wanted to play guitar as long as I can remember. I was born in '61, so I grew up in times of musical plenty. When people have asked over the years, "What would you do if you could do it over?" I say, "I'd learn to play guitar and start a rock and roll band." I was joking, but also serious. That was my only reply at 58 years and counting.

Outside of a dried out, beat up guitar I bought in a used bookstore as a kid, music came late, in my 40's. First was the didgeridoo, a wind instrument. I still love the didge, although I'm out of practice. Then came the West African Djembe and Dunun drums played in the traditional way. What an awesome, rich musical tradition. I would've been a percussionist and dancer had I known about this stuff in high school. The djembe scene fell apart locally, along with life demands, but after a number of years I found myself wanting to play guitar!!!

I worked up to an advanced level in the West African drum playing, so I knew to play guitar at an advanced level I was going to have to commit to many hours, years of devoted, consistent practice. And grab myself by the scruff, get up in front of people to play and sing. Yikes. The reviews led me to L & M and I knew this was the place to learn. Steve put a course together the likes of which I have not found elsewhere. These are the bones we need to stand up strong as guitarists. Thanks Steve! I attempted two years ago, but life intervened. Now back to lesson 3 and takin' it a little easy this time.

I found two like new guitars on reverb at great prices: a Larrivee DV-05 acoustic and a Squire Modified '51 electric. I love 'em both. I knew I needed to play both type guitars and wanted the reportedly more challenging, longer neck of the Squire (a telecaster neck). I got a Roland micro cube, which works well, but when Sweetwater blew out their Blackstar 10th Anniversary amps at a great price, I got an Artist, which transformed my electric playing. I so love the sound! Sweetwater is blowing out PRS SE 24 Custom Spalted Maple guitars right now. I stumbled across them and Adam gave me a great deal on a great deal. So now it's on the way. Amazing. I was fine, but OKAY!

I only purchase instruments I feel in my gut are for me. Every one of them has ended up to have sound, looks, feel, etc. that I love. We spend so much time practicing, why not practice with instruments we love? Also, each of my drums, for example, has taught me different things. It's amazing! That's happening with my guitars too.

Thanks for the warm, friendly guitar place y'all.

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Added "drum" after West African to clarify that I am a complet beginner guitarist.
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@pkotof, Welcome, Phil.

West African playing, that sounds interesting! 

I have been listening to Ali Farka Toure in the past. I never tried this style, but it sounds like lots of arpeggios played high in the neck.

What are your favorite artists in this style?

Wim.

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Great to have you with us @pkotof.

I enjoyed reading your post and I look forward to hearing you play.

Wow, the PRS is going to be great! You are right about how to choose guitars and your choices are superb. 

You are also right about Steve's course, it is so very comprehensive and packed with music theory too.

Keep us posted on your guitar learning etc.

Mandy

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Welcome aboard @pkotof and thanks for sharing your story! I play djembe too, although I try to concentrate on the guitar more.

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Thanks for the welcome!

Vim: It was didgeridoo and drums I'm experienced with. Although you did remind me of a CD I bought years ago with non-drum focused West African music. Thanks! The creators wanted people outside Africa to know that Africans play more than drums. I'll check that artist.

Nutty 1: Thanks for the encouragement and I will. I like your handle.

Guitarben: My first L & M attempt I usually started by playing 15 minutes of didgeridoo and 15 minutes of djembe/dunun. My chops started to return, but it was too much given guitar complexity. This time I decided to focus exclusively on guitar until I'd say, at least getting through barre chords. Hey wait. What about days off guitar playing? :-)

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Hi all! Glad I found this place. It's been a couple years-ish since I was on the Legacy forum and went to check it out today and the link took me nowhere. After some searching around I'm happy to see their is still a community based around Steve's courses!

I bought the original course probably 10 years ago now. Upgraded to the current one shortly after it was released but didn't go further than Session 11 or 12. Been doing the marriage/kid-raising/career thing since I started and I'd lose motivation to practice when I'd get to the challenging parts of the course. Admittedly, spending too much time on the internet hasn't helped either. This last hiatus happened due to a few personal issues: troubled teen son, impending divorce after 17 years and overcoming substance addiction. I've gone months without even touching a guitar but knew I'd return to it when the time was right. I recently created a new personal space dedicated to guitar practice and, of course, I pulled out my L&M guitar books. Finally...the time has come and it's great to be back in the saddle again!

Quick history: I started playing guitar right before my 14th birthday (1987...sheesh has it been that long?). Traded an alto saxophone I used for 4 years in the school band for my first electric guitar and amp. I Took piano lessons for many years prior (and after) and had a couple of excellent teachers, especially my first who instilled good practice habits. I've tried a few guitar teachers over the years but never found one I really resonated with that lasted more than a couple months. Most of what I've learned to date has been on my own through books, sheet music, self-study courses and just picking things up here and there. After 30+ years I've tried a number of home study materials and I can confidently say that Steve's courses have been the best that I've run across. I'm definitely going to continue with them!

Music (of all many kinds) has always been a passion and big part of my life since I was a little guy and that passion is still alive today even at the age of 45. I think it's safe to say it will always be with me until the end. It's time to break some barriers and continue on with my guitar journey! I'd like to jam with other people again some day and maybe even form/join a band. Who knows.

I've gone through lots of guitars/amps/effects since I started and the past, oh, 4-5 years I've gotten into Fender short-scale guitars. I'm a short dude with relatively small hands that struggled to get on with Strats (my favorite for decades). I have an Epiphone Sheraton with a shorter scale, but has also been a struggle especially in first position. Playing guitar can be painful to my fret hand which is one of the main reason I haven't progressed much over the years. I get discouraged with the pain and cramping. Took a chance on a Classic Player Jaguar due to the even shorter scale and found out the 24" scale and thicker neck felt most comfortable for my hand. Never saw the offset guitars as my thing, but the comfort and playability for me is undeniable. I own a few different Fender offset short-scales now as they're working for me.

Anyway...thanks for reading and see you all around!

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